Amazon WorkSpaces

Amazon WorkSpaces is a managed, secure cloud desktop service. You can use Amazon WorkSpaces to provision either Windows or Linux desktops in just a few minutes and quickly scale to provide thousands of desktops to workers across the globe. You can pay either monthly or hourly, just for the WorkSpaces you launch, which helps you save money when compared to traditional desktops and on-premises VDI solutions.

Amazon WorkSpaces helps you eliminate the complexity in managing hardware inventory, OS versions and patches, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), which helps simplify your desktop delivery strategy. With Amazon WorkSpaces, your users get a fast, responsive desktop of their choice that they can access anywhere, anytime, from any supported device

Why Amazon WorkSpaces:

  • Reduces costs of expensive hardware
  • Simplifies your desktop delivery
  • Improves your data security
  • Easier to manage desktop resources
  • Flexible OS deployment options
  • Centrally manage and scale a global desktop deployment
  • Directory Integration with AD and MFA

Simplifying delivery of your virtual desktops in the Amazon Web Services Cloud

Nuvens will start you on your Amazon WorkSpaces virtual desktop in the Cloud journey at zero cost to your company. With Amazon WorkSpaces, you don’t need complicated infrastructure to support and have a fully available, scalable, configurable and secure service whenever your user base requires it.

The Nuvens Experience

At Nuvens, we just do Amazon Web Services and out of the ever-growing services AWS offer, we specialise and focus on a select few.

Amazon WorkSpaces and AppStream are two such technologies, that are changing the way companies look at delivering the desktop solution to their users. Amazon WorkSpaces is a fully managed, secure Desktop-as-a-Service solution that can be easily provisioned with minimal capital investment.

We provide an auto-provisioning method which saves administration time, just by adding or removing users from an Active Directory group. This allows simple on-boarding and off-boarding of end-users. This could be particularly useful in offshoring functions.

We offer a personal Self-Service portal where users can stop, start and rebuild their own Workspaces without having to call the Service Desk. 

Bespoke Automation of your Amazon WorkSpaces Estate

Nuvens is an AWS Partner Network (APN) Advanced Consulting Partner which means that you have a trusted partner to deliver your Amazon WorkSpace vision. Our collaborative experience is made up of many years of delivering solutions across a wide variety of platforms and a large range of sectors. Therefore, we understand processes from both an end-user, and administrative, viewpoint.

We offer you the full life-cycle service from assisting you in your Proof Of Technology, driving the Proof Of Concept process with up to 5 of your applications, through to implementing Amazon WorkSpaces in your Production environment.

We take into account the whole spectrum which includes your infrastructure, connectivity, security and application set. The end user experience is of paramount importance to us, both in performance and usability, and that it available to them when they need it

Our 6 Stages To Project Success

Step 1:

Proof Of Technology 

Our definition of the proof of technology is where you can download and trial up to two WorkSpaces, for 60 days via the AWS Free Tier initiative. During this stage, you can evaluate it in your own time, test on a few devices and see that it actually does do what it says on the tin.

To access the Free Tier, you can either set this account up yourself or ask Nuvens to setup an account for you. There are advantages of engaging Nuvens at this early stage as our billing platform offers greater flexibility over the standard AWS platform and we are able to offer more flexible billing terms and alerts, should you want to use more than the free tier. The pricing and AWS interface are exactly the same as what you would receive from signing up direct.

Step 2:

Proof Of Concept

Once you have completed stage one and are happy with what you have seen, it is time to focus on to the proof of concept. During this phase, we will help you, through a series of short workshops or remote sessions, create a test environment for up to 20 WorkSpaces for 60 days.

Included within this process would be the deployment and testing of up to 5 key business applications and integration into your sandbox environment. This engagement is co-funded between ourselves and AWS, meaning ZERO cost to yourselves.

 

Step 3:

Discovery

Many companies do not fully understand their application set and this is where Nuvens can really help. We will provide you with accurate overview of your environment – for example, which applications are used, CPU usage, memory activity, network traffic, which are best fit for virtualisation, traffic generated and hardware age.

From the information gathered in this phase, you will be able to make data driven, informed decisions as to the right path to take to move your desktop into a hosted environment

Step 4:

HLD & Cost Estimation

Along with a high-level design, we will take the information gleaned in the previous phase and provide you with cost modelling based on correct WorkSpace sizing for users, also known as rightsizing.

During this process we will also look at your existing management and security tools to ensure they are fit for purpose for Amazon WorkSpaces.

 

Step 5:

Low Level Design & Deployment

We use AWS best practices to design our environments and will liaise with your relevant staff, in workshops or one-to-one sessions, to form a vision of your user requirements. This will ensure that the correct WorkSpaces and applications are assigned to your users, and may open up other areas where WorkSpaces can be used to benefit your company. 

We will also take into account your existing application deployment environment and appropriately design the solution with this in consideration.

Step 6:

Project Hand Over & Skills Transfer

You can be as hands on or hands off as you like. We generally find a combination of both works best, however we can also offer a complete, ongoing, managed service once migrated.

What we truly believe is unique is the added value we bring to your deployment, with the integration of our WorkSpaces Portal for both users and admins, simplifying ongoing deployment and management and, helping users self-service their day to day needs. Your portal will be custom branded and will require zero knowledge of using the Amazon platform for the day to day management of your WorkSpaces Estate

Start your WorkSpaces or AppStream 2.0 project now. 

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